Molly Jebber writes Amish historical romance fiction. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s HEA column, and made Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Ten List. She’s on Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll and she receives rave reviews in numerous magazines and media across the country. Her new Amish Charm Bakery Series has a whirlwind of intrigue, turmoil, and joy!
What is the plot of your latest novel, Maryann’s Hope?
Secrets devastated Maryann Harding’s marriage to an Englischer—and took away her untrustworthy husband. Now the young Amish widow has found contentment cooking up treats at the bakery, raising her little girl, and comforting her ailing mother. And when Andrew Wittmer asks her to marry him, Maryann is over the moon with happiness that she and the kind furniture maker will put down roots in her hometown…
Until Andrew’s uncle becomes ill, and Andrew must permanently take over his store in a town hours away. Though she would go anywhere to be Andrew’s fraa, Maryann can’t abandon her mother—or the family that depends on her so much. And when she discovers Andrew harbors secrets of his own, Maryann’s hard-won trust is shaken. Now, can she risk difficult choices and take a leap of faith into the loving, joyful future she longs for most?
What inspired the story we find in Maryann’s Hope?
To show when things seem impossible, God can do all things.
What were your goals writing this novel?
• To write a story readers could enjoy and keep them wondering what would happen next.
• To show how God’s forgiveness, love, grace, and answers our prayers.
• To make readers gasp, laugh, and enjoy getting to know Maryann, her baby, Betsy, friends and family. And the same with Andrew, the man she falls in love with.
What do you want readers to take away after reading Maryann’s Hope?
• Maryann makes mistakes, but she never abandons her faith in God. Her life isn’t easy, and she’s weathered big storms, but she’s not been scarred enough to not fall in love.
• To show sometimes we have trust issues from the past that may interfere with our new relationships
• To show Maryann has to be vulnerable, and its’ hard for her.
• To show when our hearts in the right place, God can work miracles.
What are the challenges (or benefits) of writing “romances” as a Christian author?
I love writing about love, showing what looks impossible to work out. I find writing Amish Romances are all benefits. I love it. Readers can learn about Amish traditions and lifestyles, and faith in God. As an author, I can show the Amish have many issues we do.
How do you approach writing about the plain people in a way that’s accurate to their way of life?
Visiting their communities and talking with them, researching their news, reading their “Budget” newspaper. FF
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